Dr Fayaz is new Jama’at-e- Islami chief

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SRINAGAR, Aug 29: Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz was today elected as the chief of Jama’at-e- Islami (JeI) Jammu and Kashmir for next three years replacing Ghulam Mohammad Bhat.

A JeI spokesman said here today in the first session of the newly elected 165 members of House of Representatives, which was presided over by the Chief Election Commissioner Ghulam Qadir Wani, Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz of Nadigam, Shopian was elected as new Ameer Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir by majority of votes for next term of 3 years starting from 1st of September, 2018.

He said that the Central Advisory Council for the next term was also elected in the same session. “Out of 165 members, 162 took part in the elections. two are on Haj pilgrimage and one is ill due to which they could not attend the session”, the spokesman said.

Born in 1956, Fayaz holds a Doctorate in Urdu. He is associated with Jama’at since his childhood and held different positions in the religious party. He has been chief of Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba J&K, the students wing of the JeI, for 11 years and also worked as secretary general of Jama’at for six years.

Fayaz reiterated that the JeI will follow its party constitution in letter and spirit and all the affairs including policy and programs will be framed with the aid and advice of Central Advisory Council.

In his maiden speech as JeI chief, he stressed for resolution of Kashmir according to the UN resolutions or through tripartite talks between India, Pakistan and representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir as it existed before October, 1947.

He said the public movement for the protection of status given to J&K under Articles 35A and 370 under a temporary arrangement till the final settlement of the Kashmir issue, will be fully backed and no one will be allowed to weaken this special status.

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